Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Finding Your Balance
December 23, 2011, 11:00 AM
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During this holiday season, it’s especially tough to balance all of the voices clamoring for your attention. On the top of the regular responsibilities for work and family, we’re weighed down with end of the year reporting, planning goals and budgets for 2012, shopping for gifts, office parties, and additional chores around the house as we prepare for guests.

In the latest issue of our Executive Edge newsletter, we developed a list of key principles for creating balance in work and life which can be especially helpful at this time of year, and move you in the right direction for your future. We looked at 5 principles drawn from business books, interviews and other sources. Glance through them and you’re sure to find something that will answer one of your own challenges.

Center Your Life – In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey recommends having a clear goal in mind for your life, a destination for which you are aiming. He recommends writing a mission statement for your life. With this in hand, you can then weigh all decisions and plans as they line up, or not, with that goal.

  1. Feed Your Mojo – Marshall Goldsmith advocates for two simple goals: loving what you do and showing it – which is your mojo. In his book Mojo, he lists four vital ingredients to maintaining your mojo: identity, achievement, reputation and acceptance.
  2. Balance Your Work – In One Piece of Paper, Mike Figliuolo recommends 3 maxims for leading a balanced life: How will you define your boundaries?, How will you keep things in perspective?, and What are you passionate about?.
  3. Know Who You Are – Robert Holden states that the better you know yourself, the more effectively you will live, work and relate to others. In Success Intelligence he defines self-knowledge as knowing what you value, what inspires you and what you are made of.
  4. Build Strong Character – John Maxwell believes that people cannot climb beyond the limitations of their character which, in Talent is Never Enough, he breaks into four elements: self-discipline, core values, a sense of identity and integrity.

If this list piques your interest in studying further on work/life balance issues, I encourage you to subscribe to our Executive Edge newsletter, an inexpensive source of business skills for busy executives.


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